Buck Mountain Trail

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Buck Mountain Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kattskill Bay, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,988 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The first mile of the hike is on a primarily wide trail with a slight grade. There is an intersection that leads to several other summits not too far in - be sure to maintain your trail markers. The descent through mile 2 becomes steeper and has rocky sections with a few easy stream crossings. The views slowly start to come during the last mile or so of the hike as the canopy recedes and the rocky scrambles begin. Some of the scrambles may require a hands on approach so care should be taken with the younger hikers. The view from the summit is well worth the hike. Tons of blueberries near the summit in early summer. Tend to go fast due to heavy foot traffic that same time of year.

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21 days ago

My husband and I hiked with two kids in tow (12 and a 10 year old.) We enjoyed it a lot. The kids were able to do it without any problems. It was actually harder to get down then to go up because of the ice and mud on some parts of trail. The view is well worth the 3.4 mile up to the summit.

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24 days ago

Note: The directions to trailhead via this app incorrect. Using Google link took us about 3 miles away from actual hike. Met other hikers with same issue. The directions take you to a 5 mile in/out hike to a peak with nice view but it’s not as listed on All Trails. 25 December 2019: Quite a pretty hike on well marked trail. Micro spikes would have been helpful.

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27 days ago

A beautiful trail with amazing views of Lake George and even the high peaks up north. Steep near the end. Due to the warm weather very slushy but will freezer over again. Bring micro spikes just in case. However, very manageable without as of today.

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1 month ago

This is a cute hike in an area Of the adks I’ve never hiked. Spent lots of time in the high peaks and this was a great get outside and get fresh air, cold weather gem. Some ice and snow near the summit and lots of water running at the 3 water crossings. Nice view for a little bit of work. Did wear micro spikes near summit.

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1 month ago

A nice little hike. Don't know why All.Trails rates this as difficult cause it's not! It took about 4hr RT with lots of time spent on the top. Did this the Friday after Thanksgiving so the top was very icy but, despite carrying my Microspikes, I did not bother putting them on. On the other hand, the difference between conditions in the parking lot and those at the summit is the difference between early October and late December. Many of the people I passed on my way down (as they were heading up) did not seem to have the equipment or clothing for even a short stay at the top. But was a great view and a great day to hike!

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1 month ago

This was a really fun hike. Conditions were great, there were some icy spots where snow had melted into hard ice and some muddy spots that required you to crawl a little. There are a few streams you have to cross but overall they were a few feet deep at their deepest, and were easily passable on stones or tree branches. There are some really steep inclines the further in you get, that I recommend just ascending carefully and not looking back down.. the view is absolutely worth it. We met a dog, a happy dog in the snow near the top. Would maybe bring ski poles/hiking with me if I went in the winter again.

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rocky
2 months ago

wet and muddy from the recent rain storm. some difficult streams to get over along the way but passable. level climbing at first the then steeper the second half. worth every bit of the climb. did with two 10 year old who loved every bit.

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2 months ago

Hiked the day after an inch of rain fell. Wet, but manageable conditions. Some of the stream crossings were long, but stepping stones and logs helped. Clouds were lifting when we summited at about 1:30pm. Foliage was past peak but still breathtaking. Buck is a great climb for a half-day. Some trees had recently fallen, making it interesting.

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2 months ago

I hiked Buck mtn over the summer and it's a great hike! It's a bit rocky but the trail is marked well. It's a great workout but not too challenging and the views are beautiful!

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2 months ago

This is one of our favorite local hikes. Adult and kid friendly. Not as hard as high peaks but difficult enough to be a good workout. Trail is well maintained and well trafficked so easy to follow the whole way. Absolutely gorgeous in fall foliage time. The hike has diverse terrain which makes it really fun. First mile is wide and relatively flat with some hills and the creek is full so the kids enjoy traversing over the rocks not to get wet. Lots of opportunity for climbing over the rocks to go up up up and the end is so fun with a scramble. Summit is safe with large surface area for picnic and amazing views. Don’t miss this hike!

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2 months ago

Slightly overcast, and cold and windy at the top, but the views of didn't disappoint. First time using hiking poles and appreciated their value! A lot of rain the past week made for some muddy, wet footing but nothing too treacherous. We (60, 26 and 25 years old) completed the hike in 3 hours (and 18,000 steps).

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Windy at the summit. Great views- even on a cloudy day. Definitely a Difficult hike. Plenty of parking at 9am but filled up at 1. Started at 930 and done by 110- with about 20 minutes up top

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3 months ago

Great hike with an amazing view at the end. I suggest making it to the summit for more views. Brought my dog who made it up and back with no issues. She had a great time chasing the chipmunks.

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3 months ago

Belle randonnée allez retour 3.10

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